The DEEPSAL research project examines the relationship between the deep past, as represented by two Neolithic archaeological sites in the south of Jordan, Basta and Beidha, and the way the communities of the villages living close to them are able to value them. The stated objectives of DEEPSAL are “to examine how Neolithic sites contribute to local communities, to analyze how different factors affect the contribution of this heritage and assess how cultural heritage assets can be mobilised in the future to benefit the communities”.
The ‘Deep Past as a Social Asset in the Levant’ (DEEPSAL) is an initiative of the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) funded by a British Academy (BA) Strategic Development Award granted to the CBRL in 2014. The project began in January 2015 and ended in June 2016. Project team members are BA sponsored Post-doctoral Fellow, Dr Oroub el Abed (specialist in political economy of development), Prof Bill Finlayson (CBRL Director, archaeologist and Neolithic specialist), Dr Carol Palmer (British Institute Amman Director, anthropologist) and Dr Paul Burtenshaw (Sustainable Preservation Initiative, consultant and former CBRL Post-doctoral Fellow). DEEPSAL is part of a long-standing initiative to establish and promote a ‘Neolithic Heritage Trail’ for southern Jordan and to engage local communities at sites along the trail.
A summary of the research findings (executive summary) is available to download below in English and Arabic.
DEEPSAL Summary Report on the Research Findings
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